This book was a joy to read and I find it easy to get lost in in such a way I forget where I am and can block out everyone and everything. This is rarThis book was a joy to read and I find it easy to get lost in in such a way I forget where I am and can block out everyone and everything. This is rare in a book, and usually I find other people distract me from books which is why I read in peace usually. No such issues here though.
I've been following Zoe's adventures since I read the first two books ages ago and I thought I might have forgotten what happened, but i needn't have worried because the Dragon Diaries world just popped straight back into my mind. I loved the relationship between Derek and Zoe and Jared and Zoe, though I'm not going to say who she ends up with (if any! lol) because I don't like to post spoilers. The plot was electric and there was never a dull moment, and as with the first two, I am still amazed by the originality of this story and the characters in it.
One niggle though, I would love to know more about Kohana and the other shape shifters. Who knows...maybe there'll be another book one day!...more
I requested this off Net Galley because I was in the mood for a relatively easy read with a bit of romance (guess I was looking for comfort at the timI requested this off Net Galley because I was in the mood for a relatively easy read with a bit of romance (guess I was looking for comfort at the time). What strikes me as weird is that despite being Agnostic myself I could still relate to Leah on some scale and Daniel and whereas to me the choices presented to them would have been simple, to Leah it really wasn't and that came across really well throughout the story. I admire courage in heroines in whatever story I read, no matter what shape that courage might take and Leah had it in spades. Not to mention her relationship with Daniel had me all gooey inside; I love a good romance, I really really do and I love men who are able to show how they feel. Why bottle it up and not share?
My other reason for loving this so much is, as an avid bookworm, I can't get enough learning new stuff. Reading this was such a fascinating insight into the Amish community and it completely goes against all the usual stereotypes you hear and read about. Absolutely eye-opening. I think I will even go and hunt down the rest of the series even though I started with the completely the wrong book, because this was honestly a charming, romantic and such a lovely read.
If you like a bit of romance with originality and you don't rely on explicit sex scenes for a decent romance then give this a try. As someone who has read all types of romance there is something to said for a bit of original, clean non-sex romance. Really really good read....more
I don't usually read a lot of mystery stories, but this one caught my attention with it's snappy blurb and intriguing premise. Missing teenagers? No cI don't usually read a lot of mystery stories, but this one caught my attention with it's snappy blurb and intriguing premise. Missing teenagers? No clues as to there whereabouts? Creepy tiny town with a small population? Just the sort of thing to suck me into a book and keep me guessing, and wow did it keep me guessing (And as an aside note, this book also goes by the name of The Missing).
There was not one point during this book that I was able to solve the mystery before the end happened and when the the mystery was uncovered, I was stunned and I could feel the shudders down my spine. Don't get me wrong, by the half way point I was a little bit infuriated trying to make sense of all the little puzzle pieces that I just couldn't seem to get to fit together, but it was well worth it when they finally did.
I can't say much more on the story without spoiling it, but this is an absorbing book that you'll find hard to put down at any point. The characters are easy to relate to, and the plot doesn't let up for a second. Well worth a read if you love your stories spooky, mysterious and to haunt you at night after you go to sleep....more
I'm going to confess to buying this because the cover is beautiful as well the synopsis sounding awesome. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stunning coI'm going to confess to buying this because the cover is beautiful as well the synopsis sounding awesome. What can I say? I'm a sucker for stunning covers. so sue me!
This book is amazing! It's confusing to and you really don't get all the answers until the end, and even then you're still missing a few, but not in a way that's infuriating, more in a way that it sets up the next book nicely (which I will read soon hopefully)
This had everything; romance, conspiracy, action, mystery, mind erasing, manipulation, bullying, murder, intrigue...I could go on. More than that though, it has brilliant character development and the author was not afraid to take risks with characters to further the plot (which I love in an author by the way)
It also has a seriously twisted bad guy (guyette actually) that will make you cringe inside whilst wishing her dead every other page (you know the type!)and the world building is amazing too. Tough I admit to feeling very claustrophobic at the thought of living in a great big underwater dome.
I'm not going to rehash the story in my review because the synopsis is there and I'm not posting any spoilers either, so with that I urge you to read this and discover it's amazingness for yourself....more
I'm not sure I'll be able to write a review for this book and if I do I think I'll have to wait a while. I don't think I've ever cried so much in my lI'm not sure I'll be able to write a review for this book and if I do I think I'll have to wait a while. I don't think I've ever cried so much in my life reading a book....more
I can't say too much or I spoil the point of such a funny book. If you work in retail or if you don't and your on the more sympathetic side of the genI can't say too much or I spoil the point of such a funny book. If you work in retail or if you don't and your on the more sympathetic side of the general public, give this a read. It's funny. So very funny. I was in stitches reading this,
Like I said, I can't really write a lengthy review for this. All I will say is take this with a pinch of salt, and have a good think about how you are when you're shopping. Are you a nice shopper? Oh, and the end bit about the guy's boss is simply hilarious :) I'll shut up now. Mr Domenic, I really hope you're over your anger issues now, but thanks for a really good laugh :D...more
What a way to start a book and with Lucy as the voice too. Ah I do love Lucy :) This series is awesome and despite it being about a much used and abusWhat a way to start a book and with Lucy as the voice too. Ah I do love Lucy :) This series is awesome and despite it being about a much used and abused subject in literature, Alyxandra Harvey has managed to keep this vampire tale fresh and unique and with a witty modern twist. Having said that, despite the humour, there are some pretty intense and emotional scenes that tugged on my heartstrings so bad I was close to tears and I truly felt for Lucy, Nicholas and Solange, whom all take centre stage in this instalment.
The only thing I could say I found fault with was that despite the fact the book was a good 300 or so pages there wasn't as much ground covered as in the previous books, though I suspect this is because it's leading up the next one where, judging by the ending of this one, all hell will break loose (probably literally!) As for the ending itself, well I have this thing for cliffhangers...they make me go crazy waiting for the next in the series! In this case however I'll have to forgive Ms Harvey since I love this series so much and I'll just have to wait patiently for the next in the series :-) well, sort of patiently.
Anyway, if you like vampires, but are bored of the usual stuff out there then give this series a go. But don't start with this book, that would be silly. Start with Hearts at Stake (or My Love Lies Bleeding, as it's known as here in the UK) and then work your way through. I guarantee you'll be hooked by the end of book one. Epic read! ...more
I loved this book, I really really did. But why oh why the cliffhanger ending?! Maybe I'm feeling particularly sensitive at the moment, but when I havI loved this book, I really really did. But why oh why the cliffhanger ending?! Maybe I'm feeling particularly sensitive at the moment, but when I have to wait ages to find out the outcome of of a Trilogy I get a wee bit antsy with cliffhangers.*bangs head of sofa in frustration* Right, feeling more sensible now :) On a more serious note though, that is not the reason it didn't get a perfect score.
I seem to differ from the majority of reviews on this book, in the way that I preferred The Iron Thorn more than The Nightmare Garden. In some ways, this was the better novel, there was less explanation and new Terminology and the world made sense more this time around. On the other hand, for the length of the novel not as much seemed to happen and I found my self confused by several events as to where they were going. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but a book this length is a long time to be confused (This is just my opinion though, so it may just be me that had this issue)
On a brighter note, it was great to be reading about Aiofe and co and though there is a heart-stopping cliffhanger and some tear-jerking moments I was pretty pleased with the ending overall, though I am currently bouncing like a loony waiting for The Mirrored Shard to be released. I must also add that in a world filled with faerie stories and steampunk it takes someone special to write a book that stands out with this amount of originality and Ms Kittredge has achieved that with this series and managed to capture the imagination of a 20 something woman who thought she'd read all variations on Faerie (so thanks for proving me wrong!)
As an aside...isn't the cover stunning too? Wow! :)...more
I was asked to review this by the author and I can't thank her enough since this is an amazing book. Though it's aimed at 12-year-olds (or there aboutI was asked to review this by the author and I can't thank her enough since this is an amazing book. Though it's aimed at 12-year-olds (or there about) there is a lot to learn from Lolly's experiences. I think the hardest thing I'm going to find when writing this review is doing so without spoiling any major plot twists, but somehow I'll manage.
Lolly Luck deals with many issues including bullying, arguments, redundancy and separation but it's all seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Lolly as opposed to an adult. Personally, I think this made for an emotional read and I couldn't help but feel for Lolly as things change around her. Some of the things she hears and then has to deal with is extraordinarily painful and she does so with such a positive attitude for the most part that I was left very impressed.
Part of the ending was a bit surprising and I am very glad that Miss Daines kept things realistic when she wrote this and even more glad for the things that Lolly learns by the end of the book. I won't say any more and risk spoiling things for those yet to read, but this is an incredible novel and I'm sure a promising start to the authors career....more
Do you know someone who won't shift from their computer? Do you know someone who just doesn't get on with people? Hand them this book, it's a valuableDo you know someone who won't shift from their computer? Do you know someone who just doesn't get on with people? Hand them this book, it's a valuable lesson in why it's important to talk to actual people and why people need other people. The irony being, that it's a robot that teaches the two boys in this how to feel, and boy does she do it well.
Rose was by far my favourite character though closely followed by Charlie. David annoyed me though I have to admit even he learned a lot from his experience with Rose as he did change in some respect by the end of the book. Rose's voice is honest, innocent and very earnest and though she's the robot in all this, I can't help but think that she was perhaps the most human in how she behaved, especially after the incident with David part way through. Though there are some valuable lessons to be learned about sex (and it's meaningfulness) in this book, the main focus is emotional attachment and it was wonderful seeing Charlie learn to how to form a connection with Rose and opening up a bit more, which really does beg the question...Just because Rose is a robot, does that make her feelings any less real? My personal opinion would be she is as real as the two boys, but I'll let you decide that for yourself.
I really really hope there's a second book because the way this ended will really bug me a bit if I don't find out what happens after the end of the book. Cliffhanger alert :) ...more
I'm dying to read another book in this series, especially after reading this one because the Lacey chronicles just keep getting better and better withI'm dying to read another book in this series, especially after reading this one because the Lacey chronicles just keep getting better and better with each installment! The one major thought I had while reading this was: 'Why can't I find a guy who will write romantic verses that I can see from my window?' It may be the truth that romance isn't alive in present day, or it may not. But the romance is definitely alive in this fantastic example of Historical Romance and I think I fancy Mr Turner (yet another character crush to add to my growing list)
It isn't just the romance that makes these books amazing, but also the attention grabbing description of the period in which the story is set; it is incredibly and masterfully detailed. Whether it's the dress designs, the way people acted, the prejudices or just the relationships, there is a lot to be learned about the 1580's in this book and I'm sure it'll stick in my brain a lot longer than if I'd learned it in my history class (not that we studied this time period much)
Mercy and Kit seem to be a typical example of forbidden love but with a lot more excitement and, by the end, with a lot more at stake. The last 100 pages or so had me reading so fast I lost track of time, which is always a good sign when reading a book. Some people will argue that these sorts of books are predictable, but I disagree, there is nothing you can predict in this story even if you're certain Mercy and Kit will get their happily ever after, and there are enough twists and turns to keep even the most cynical reader guessing.
If you like your historical romances with humour, fun, drama and some peril (and home made cooking) then this is definitely going to be an awesome read for you :)...more
This is the second in The Lacey Chronicles and just as amazing as the first. Though I still maintain that living in this century probably would have rThis is the second in The Lacey Chronicles and just as amazing as the first. Though I still maintain that living in this century probably would have resulted in me locked in the tower for offending some noble, you can't deny the escapism and realism that this series provides. The fact is that Eve Edwards writes with skill and in such a way I was able to pick this up and immediately lose myself in the story of a character whose story actually started in the previous book.
Lady Jane drew me in on so many levels; she's flawed and knows it, she's a strong female character who doesn't give up and she's one hell of a kick-ass heroine (considering the time this is set in, this stands out a lot!) Her connection to James is electric and, as in the previous book, I wanted to kick some sense into the lead male character, admittedly though at least he had a good reason for what he did. I found that the peril in this novel was somewhat more intense than the last due to the way the plot played out and I was hoping and praying for a happy ending.
There is no shortage of romance and to top off the main storyline, there's another romance as well which is just as challenging and epic as the main storyline and also deals with racism and discrimination on some level. Love is love regardless of class, colour or religion and it will always win out in the end, that's my opinion anyway. Summed up, this is an exceptional example of historical fiction/romance and I say to Miss Edwards, please write more books!...more